This Handbook sets out a standard way of recording hedgerows. Its focus is on the wildlife, or biodiversity, of hedgerows. It also recognises the importance of hedgerows for farming, and their contribution to the beauty of our countryside historically and culturally. The survey method in this handbook will give accurate consistent information about the state of our hedgerows at a local level, what the main influences on their condition are, and what we need to do to restore them.
We hope that the handbook will raise awareness and interest among land managers and local communities about the considerable importance of hedgerows for wildlife, and help to identify the most pressing challenges and the best ways to address them.
This handbook was prepared on behalf of the Steering Group for the UK Biodiversity Action Plan for Hedgerows.